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Berberis
2014-01-12 06:53:32

Berberis is a genus of plant with about 500 species. They are largely evergreen shrubs that measure 3 to 18 feet tall. Several species have become popular garden shrubs, known for features such as its ornamental leaves. Berberis is characterized by dimorphic (having separate male and female) shoots. The long shoots form the structure of the plant while the smaller short shoots measure just...

Darwins Barberry Berberis darwinii
2009-04-23 11:33:39

Darwin's Barberry (Berberis darwinii) is a species of Barberry native to southern South America in southern Chile and adjacent southwestern Argentina. It is categorized in the family Berberidaceae. It is a dense branched, thorny evergreen shrub reaching heights of 3 to 4 yards tall. The branches begin at ground level and are crowded with small oval shaped leaves. The leaves are less...

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.